Vegan fashion was cited as a major trend for 2018, according to The Future 100 report. A trend that continues to gain momentum.
Vegan consumers continue to sprout new industries (vegan travel being one) while bringing fresh air to others.
The global luggage and travel bag industry is no exception, with consumers demanding more from luggage manufacturers.
Namely, travel bags made with animal-safe and environmentally friendly materials.
Grand View Research found that ‘animal rights’ were the main driver of new vegan leather sales. Google search data supports growing interest in vegan leather and vegan travel bags.
“What is Vegan Leather Made of” is in breakout status on Google Trends, which means its search growth has been over 5,000 percent in the past 12 months.
Other terms related to vegan travel bags such as “affordable vegan handbags” have seen a 1,200% increase in search volume over the past 12 months, according to an analysis by the Keyword Tool.
“Leather will remain a premium offering in the market. However, environmental concerns and functional limitations are expected to hamper its growth …” said Anurup Roy, associate consultant at Future Market Insights.
“The key players are responding to environmental concerns by opting for more sustainable materials.” Mmaterials like vegan leather.
What is vegan leather?
Vegan leather is Synthetic leather. The global synthetic leather market is expected to be around $ 85 billion by 2025, according to Grand View search.
Current vegan leathers, synthetic leathers or alternatives to leather include everything from apple peels to spider silk cultivated in the laboratory.
ButThe majority of vegan leather is either made with polyvinyl chloride Where polyurethane.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is “made from vinyl chloride, which is listed as a human carcinogen in the world. Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program ”.
Green peace, an environmental nonprofit, called it “the most environmentally damaging type of plastic.”
This is the result of dioxins created during the production of PVC. Dioxins are dangerous environmental pollutants, according to a 2016 World Health Organization fact sheet on the subject.
Meanwhile, polyurethane (PU) is water, sun resistant, lightweight and flexible (even creases like real leather after prolonged use).
Like PVC or any other mass-produced product, PU has an environmental cost. However, its cost is significantly lower than that of PVC, since the production does not release dioxins into the environment.
PU is made by coating a backing material such as cotton or polyester with a flexible polymer to give a leather-like appearance. This coating is the reason why vegan leather bags are also very resistant to scratches, cracks or peeling.
But even PU bags are not without an environmental cost, as it is an oil-intensive process that creates them. Corn It is without animals.
As PETA Put the:
“Turning skin into leather takes a lot of energy and a toxic mixture of chemicals, including mineral salts, coal tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes and finishes, some of which are even made from cyanide. “
Vegan leather bags and other leather alternatives are creating new opportunities for buyers and sellers of travel bags all over the world.